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Why I Love Doctor Who!

Written By: Gary on August 9, 2011 5 Comments

Doctor Who has been around for almost fifty years, I never got into it, I knew he was a SciFi icon but it wasn’t my thing at all, which is strange in that it’s about a time traveler and I love time travel. In 2005 they reintroduced the series after being off the air for over fifteen years (kind of a reboot). I caught an episode here or there but it just didn’t click and then I was watching an episode and it clicked. They were a year behind in the US so I started looking for episodes to get all caught up and ending up watching the two seasons out of order with the two different doctors but eventually I figured it all out. Now I love it and I feel all giddy when it comes to all things Doctor Who.

So why do I love Doctor Who?!? It’s this story about hope and learning and redemption. It’s about friends and love and understanding and learning. It’s about forgiveness and balance and making things right. It’s about doing the right thing and making peace and hope. Yes, I know I said hope already.

Did you notice that I didn’t even mention adventure, time travel or aliens? That’s the fun part but not the heart of it.

Actually, as I wrote that last part it made me think of something that Rose said at the end of the first season (2005) when she was trying to figure out what to do without The Doctor in her life, I thought maybe I’d steal an item or two for my list, but I’m just going to cut and paste the whole thing:

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“It was a better life. I don’t mean all the traveling and seeing aliens and spaceships and things. That don’t matter. The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life. … You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say “no”! You have the guts to do what’s right when everyone else just runs away!”

– Rose in The Parting of the Ways

It’s got lots of running and lots of holding hands; I’m big on holding hands so maybe that part has more impact on me. And it’s fun, with a capital FUN.

Just so you know this is part of the Ten Day Doctor Who Challenge (and I have no idea where I got this list from, maybe Tumblr?) so I’ll be doing these for the next few weeks.

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5 Responses to “Why I Love Doctor Who!”

  1. Kurt Vogel says on: 9 August 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Good Post!

  2. Dave2 says on: 9 August 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Wait… you like Dr. Who?

  3. David Morgan says on: 9 August 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks for reintroducing me to Doctor who. Do you remember which episode it was that clicked, that got you into the series?

  4. Guinanmarie says on: 9 August 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I discovered the new Doctor Who a few months ago and absolutely love it. I agree with everything you said about it! (you can stream the new episodes on netflix. Just so you know )

  5. Gary from http://GarySaid.com/ says on: 9 August 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I think it was a few episodes from the first two seasons, but I think it was “Father’s Day” and “The Long Game” from season one that helped seal the deal for me. I’m not sure why other than the quote
    http://GarySaid.com/time-travel-is-like-paris/

    They’re not even that great on their own, but I caught the first few seasons out of order so I was jumping between Doctor’s 9 and 10 but had the consistency of Rose to hold it together.

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